I recently created a video for my friends over at Life Equals called “What’s In My Fridge” where I shared a few of my absolute, must-have 24/7 staples that I always keep on hand. The video was only one minute long, so I obviously couldn’t cover everything in that short time. If you’d like to check out the video, click here!
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Later I posted the photo below of my fridge on my Instagram feed which allowed me to highlight a few more of the goods, but I couldn’t go into detail on each item and how I use it or why it’s a staple in our house. I created a poll to see if it would be helpful to do a full blog post about the contents of my fridge, and I got an overwhelming “yes”, so here we are!
Believe it or not, not every single item in my fridge/pantry/freezer is highly nutritious. I’m human too! But this is real life, and I like to show you guys the good, the bad and the ugly. I’m mostly highlighting my favorite healthy items that I can’t live without in this post, but I’ll also be sure to point out a few less healthy items that are always chillin’ in our fridge (literally).
Now I’m going to break it down into categories & talk about how I use some of the items listed above. As always, if you have questions about anything, never hesitate to reach out and ask!
You could use this post to create a grocery list for the next time you go to the store if you need help stocking up on more of the good stuff, and less of the not-so-good stuff.
Let’s get started.
- Spinach/spring mix: I love to use fresh greens to make salads for work lunches, or to add to wraps/sandwiches, and of course, flatbreads!
- Variety of colorful vegetables: I listed some of my favorites that I almost always have, but it definitely varies depending on our meal plan for that week. When it comes to purchasing veggies, I recommend getting a variety of colors so you benefit from all the different nutrients they have to offer! I typically roast all of the veggies I get by doing the following: toss in extra virgin olive oil (or avocado oil), fresh cracked pepper and garlic powder, and roast at 400 F for 30-35 minutes, tossing halfway through. For sweet potatoes, I season with EVOO & cinnamon, and cook them the same as the others. Never disappoints!
- Minced Garlic: keeping a jar of this saves SO much time — I throw garlic in tons of recipes because the pre-minced garlic makes it super easy.
- As I mentioned, we typically keep mostly frozen or dried fruit on hand, because we just don’t go through a ton of fresh fruit in our house. I love using frozen fruit (mango chunks, strawberries, blueberries, etc.) for smoothies, but they are also easy to throw in things like banana muffins, or on top of French toast after thawing.
- Avocados & bananas, if opened
- Ethan loves to use whole grain tortillas for tacos & wraps; I typically use corn tortillas
- We always have whole grain Flatouts for Meatless Monday flatbreads!
- I love making a big batch of quinoa some weeks because it keeps much better than brown rice (in my opinion; usually doesn’t dry out) and it’s easy to throw in a variety of dishes!
- Lately, hard-boiled eggs have been my go-to for breakfast at work. It’s easy to grab and go and they last all week long. I also love to cook up scrambled or fried eggs for weekend breakfasts at home.
- The meats that we typically stick with are chicken breasts, lean ground chicken or ground turkey. We also do a variety of fish (shrimp, tilapia & salmon) but we always buy those frozen, usually from Costco.
- Hummus + baby carrots is a great work snack. I also love dipping my roasted veggies in hummus!
- Almond butter is life & I eat it multiple times a day. So. Yummy.
- Plain Greek yogurt is definitely a staple in our house. I throw it in smoothies, lasagna, enchiladas, and more! It’s a great, lean source of protein, and healthier alternative to sour cream & mayo in many recipes.
- Light string cheese is a daily work snack for both Ethan and I.
- I keep a variety of other shredded cheeses such as Mexican cheese, mozzarella, and feta cheese crumbles.
- We are also on a big whipped cream cheese kick currently. It’s amazing on Dave’s Killer Bread with jelly (we usually use Smucker’s low sugar grape jelly).
- I love keeping a big bar of 70% dark chocolate in the fridge to eat for an evening snack. Just a little square of it is enough to satisfy my sweet tooth most of the time! I love the kind that I get from Aldi. I also keep some other sweets in the freezer, like Halo Top ice cream, or Jonny Pops!
- Sometimes we have No Bake Energy Bites, or another baked good, like Banana Bread or Flourless Banana Nut Blender Muffins, depending on what I’ve made for our breakfast that week!
- I often use unsweetened almond milk for baking & in smoothies.
- I am a fairly new coffee drinker, so I love these Starbucks Skinny Vanilla Lattes, although I know they aren’t necessarily the healthiest option. I’m trying to get used to coffee with just milk! 😉
- I love the unsweetened blonde roast with vanilla Premier Protein shakes as my creamer. Great post-morning workout option!
- La Croix sparkling water is something fun to drink instead of plain water, which can get old sometimes! I really like the mango & passionfruit flavors.
- I recently started using Coconut Aminos instead of soy sauce because they are significantly lower in sodium and taste almost identical! It’s especially great in my Shrimp Cauliflower Fried Rice.
- Rao’s Homemade Roasted Garlic marinara sauce is so much better than any other sauce I’ve tried. I highly recommend giving it a try — you can start with my Crockpot Lasagna with Chicken & Veggies!
- Aldi has a great selection of organic salsas; I really love their fire-roasted flavor!
- I typically just use balsamic vinegar & olive oil for salad dressing, but sometimes I enjoy using Wishbone Balsamic Vinaigrette too. Ethan loves ranch, so I will buy Bolthouse Farms dressings for him because they are Greek yogurt-based and typically a little healthier than other options.
- Ketchup: I know it’s not healthy, but I love ketchup, and so does Ethan, so #realtalk, we always have it.
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I hope that helps give you all some ideas of things you can start keeping stocked in your fridge! I’d love to know — what are some of your refrigerator staples? Would it be helpful to do another post on some things I always keep in my freezer and/or pantry? Let me know by commenting below or messaging me on Instagram! 🙂
Have a great week!
Shanna Hutcheson, RD LD